Meghan Markle and Prince Harry DROP bid to trademark Sussex Royal name for commercial or charity activities (though they still want to use it on toiletries, sporting goods, toys, beer and jewellery)
Request to use Sussex Royal and Sussex Royal Foundation in UK was removed Followed Queen’s decision they could not use ‘Royal’ label after stepping downAn application to use the title on goods sold in Europe is still currently active
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have abandoned their bid to trademark the Sussex Royal brand in Britain to cash in on their links to the monarch.
Documents filed at the Intellectual Property Office show a request to use the names Sussex Royal and Sussex Royal Foundation for commercial and charity activities in the UK had been removed.
It followed the Queen’s decision that they could not use the ‘Royal’ label after deciding to step down as working royals and move to North America.
Meghan Markle with the Queen at a ceremony in Widnes on June 14, 2018. The monarch recently ruled she and Harry cannot use the Sussex Royal trademark in Britain
An application to use the royal trademark on toiletries, beer, toys, jewellery and sporting goods in Europe is still active, The Sun reported.
That is despite the couple saying last weekend that they would not use the word ‘Royal’ overseas.
The Queen’s ruling on the trademark came after lengthy and complex talks, it is understood.
Harry and Meghan had already spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed.
A statement they released on Saturday struck a more hostile tone in some sections, and said that neither the government nor the Queen herself own the word ‘royal’ internationally – but they would nonetheless stop using the title.